The Reason Why Kylian Mbappe And Adrien Rabiot Were Late For PSG Team Meeting
Kylian Mbappe and Adrien Rabiot were punished for being late to a team meeting ahead of the game against Marseille on Sunday and it's emerged just why they were not there on time.
Mbappe was scheduled to start the game but ended up being relegated to the bench by Thomas Tuchel, though he did come on as sub to score the opening goal in the 2-0 win.
The Frenchman has been in electric form this season but Tuchel proved nobody is immune to being dropped by disciplining both he and Rabiot.
A "technical talk" was scheduled at five, a few hours before the game at the Orange Velodrome, with Tuchel going out key details.
According to Mundo Deportivo, Mbappe and Rabiot were both late because they were watching the end of Barcelona's 5-1 drubbing of Real Madrid in El Clasico at the Nou Camp.
:page_facing_up: Kylian Mbappe and Adrien Rabiot were late for PSG's match vs Marseille as they were watching El Clasico. [Mundo Deportivo]- ComeOn! UK (@ComeOnPulse) October 31, 2018
:tv: Can you really blame them? pic.twitter.com/S25Sl1QGkC
:newspaper:[MD] ' Thomas Tuchel punished Rabiot and Mbappe by benching them in the previous match.- BarcaTimes (@BarcaTimes) October 31, 2018
:large_orange_diamond: This was due to the late arrival to the team meeting and the reason being late was they were watching Barça smashing Madrid. pic.twitter.com/cjM29Tje3E
Whilst watching another game isn't exactly a crime and plenty of people will have been late for work because of the football, it probably doesn't cut it as an excuse and you can see why Tuchel made an example of them.
Julian Draxler, who started in place of Rabiot in midfield and scored the team's second goal in stoppage time, defended with his manager's decision.
"It's one thing between the coach and the two players, " he told L'Equipe, as per Four Four Two.
"The coach has shown that the club is more important than the individuals."
Following the important victory on Sunday, PSG are now eight points clear of Lille at the top of the table, having won all eleven of their Ligue One fixtures so far.